Occupy Oakland: Protesters Block Port of Oakland

Categories: Occupy Bay Area

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Kate Conger

Update: At 9:30 a.m., the port sent workers home for the day. Occupy Oakland is claiming a victory. A march to the port from the West Oakland BART stop is scheduled for 5 p.m. The intent, according to Occupy Oakland's Twitter feed, is to shut down the port's night shift. (One Tweet recommends marchers bring sleeping bags.)

Update (8:05 a.m.): It's started to rain, but that's not deterring this group. A handful of protesters carrying an Occupy UC Davis banner has walked farther into the port.

Original Story (7:06 a.m.): As expected, hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters have marched to the Port of Oakland in hopes of shutting it down as part of its movement to demonstrate against the 1 percent.

SF Weekly's Kate Conger is at the scene and tells us that protesters have blocked the gates to the port, as the crowd chants "Whose port? Our port." By 6:30 a.m. the crowd grew to 400 marching at Seventh and Middle Harbor Road. Police in riot gear arrived and are attempting to drive through the crowd. Protesters are shouting "Pigs go home."

A driver in an 18-wheeler also tried to drive through the crowd, honking his horn in frustration, we assume. A bus full of police in riot gear are attempting to break up the crowd.


Port officials sent out a statement saying the protesters are causing sporadic disruptions to business this morning.

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Kate Conger
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​"One week ago the Port of Oakland sent a message to all of our stakeholders throughout this region to Keep Our Port Open. This was in response to the call to shut down our port once again. We said it then, and we'll say it now -- closing the port is a bad idea," Port officials said in a statement this morning.

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Escaped Mental Patient
Escaped Mental Patient

 The hippies in the 1960s changed very little and they were alot more of them and they were alot smarter and 20 years ahead in their thinking and intelligence than this new breed of brainless nobodys. so why do these fucktards think they have the answers? where is their  3 days of peace and love Woodstock 1969? they are all posers wannabees and are as fake as they come. they will change nothing watch and see.

Guest
Guest

As they grow older they will all just turn into their parents and end up being and living just like them and the people and lifestyle they protest about now. everybody on planet earth is a hypocrite.

FTW
FTW

 FTW = FUCK THE WORLD = FTW.

Jesusfor99
Jesusfor99

Thank you and God Bless the 99%,                  just ignore the clueless with out soulsDo it for those that can't stand up for themselves, Do it for the thousands of hungry children who won't have any Christmas this year, Do it for the elderly who can't afford food and pay rent or the heating bill, Do it for the unemployed the underemployed, the families who are living in their cars if they are lucky to have cars.  We are praying with you.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

This will change nothing in the long run of our short lives on this earth. so get real. sooner or later all these spoiled  wannabee hippie protesters nitwits 2011 will loose interest in this scam and go back to whatever Lilly white suburbs they were raised in and sell out to the almighty buck $ and become greedy yuppies and become a part of the problem just like the rest. we are all FUCKED! THERE IS NO HOPE.

HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND
HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND

They should try blocking the Hells Angels MC Clubhouse at 4010 foothill blvd in Oaktown. we like to beat up dirty hippie commies and anti Americans. CISCO HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND

The Real 99%
The Real 99%

Childish morons. By doing this, they'll accomplish nothing more that alienate more Americans from their "cause", whatever that is.

This so-called movement was hijacked by spoiled, self-entitled brats before it even began. Instead of marching on Washington, demanding that lobbyists and corporate money are removed from the political process, these hipster losers camp in parks with bums and shut down places of blue-collar employment and for what? Attention? All I hear them saying is, "We want what you got but don't want to work for it".

Guess what, Occupy, you're getting plenty of attention, loads from the so-called 99%, and it ain't good. I am the 99% (the real 99% that works hard for a living without demanding money from others, without whining because I don't have what the so-called 1% has, without being a burden by being self sufficient, paying my own bills, including my student loans that I willingly accepted as well as my mortgage, which I made sure was affordable before buying into, etc) and I think Occupy is ridiculously spoiled and fake.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

This is exactly the same argument that has been used against every protest, ever.

Vealstock
Vealstock

No, Mr Eric, not really. My comment was precise, addressing Occupy's internal and deadly issues - it was not an argument at all. But you can expect about the same results with this "protest" as you've noted with others in this country, i.e., the big fizzle is just around the corner. These Occupy losers are one news spot away from becoming invisible. They know it, hence the publicity stunts. The more stunts like this they pull, the more the real 99% will disregard them. And the 1% never even noticed them in the first place. Did the longshoremen, the people Occupy supposedly represents today, join these losers at the blockades? No? Gee, wonder why.

Billy Buck
Billy Buck

 It was called gorilla theater in the 1960s Haight Ashbury days.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

"Occupy is a fad, has nothing tangible on offer to work toward, no leaders, no direction, no goals, no good reason to exist. If you don't see that now, you'll see it soon enough."People said that they'd never last more than a week, and yet they're still here.

You can't just close your eyes, plug your ears, and pretend the problems don't exist.

The Real 99%
The Real 99%

This isn't about history, unless you're agreeing that Occupy has already become history.

The Boston tea party was completely different in scope and reason, suffrage was a fiery concern for decades and offered something tangible to work toward, and the same can be said for civil rights. There were reasons for the people involved to be involved. And the people involved were of a different breed than those "involved" with Occupy.

Occupy is a fad, has nothing tangible on offer to work toward, no leaders, no direction, no goals, no good reason to exist. If you don't see that now, you'll see it soon enough.

Anyway, enough time wasted here.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Really?  You've never heard of the Boston Tea Party, woman's suffrage, the civil rights movement...

You really need to learn your history before you make an opinion on the present.

The Real 99%
The Real 99%

Other than, perhaps, the Velvet Revolution, I've never heard of a protest that's "changed things for good", period. And this sure as shit ain't the Czech Republic.

You can try and argue all you like (not that you've presented any decent arguments here); it won't make any difference to the obvious outcome: Fizzle...

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Have you ever heard of a successful protest that changed things for good and didn't involve publicity stunts?

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 More proof that life is a re run movie. the more things change the more they stay the same.

JImbo
JImbo

Only a moron would think a bunch of grubby, unhappy, wannabe's, who want freebies should be allowed to interfere with commerce. It's easy to shoot one's mouth off about whatever, but no one in these crowds has any clue how to run any of these businesses, they just want the $$ they don't offer anything, except whining, complaining, fit throwing like little kids. Worthless

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Well, what else CAN they do?  So far the issues have been completely marginalized by the media and (more importantly) by congress.  At least this way it gets attention.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 They should  try a mass suicide like the Jim Jones days. that will get attention.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 with mass suicide they wont have to deal with any of this shit down here on earth. problem solved.

Frankrhone
Frankrhone

Lol, just lol at the chimps who think this will help any of the 99%

Peter Liggett
Peter Liggett

This needs to happen more often, and closer attention needs to the Occupy movements in Europe. They know  how to strike, with maximum force. The labor movement in this country has for to long, been hijacked by the very corporations, they in time of need, have to go against. We need to show a little guts in reaction to the corporate fascism that has plauged this country, for to long.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 Then why are you not out there with them instead of sitting around blithering on this blog? shouldn't you be in the streets with your brothers and sisters instead of sitting at a computer writing usless crap on sf weekly blogs? your an all talk and no action hypocrite.

HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND
HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND

 STOP BY THE HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND CLUBHOUSE AT 4010 foothill blvd punk. I wanna beat you senseless.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Generic Internet Tough Guy strikes again!

Billy Buck
Billy Buck

 Why would a Anarchist Nonconformist be Registered?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

By "we" do you mean all of your unregistered handles?

The Cause
The Cause

 LOSER ASS? But Brother, I thought we were all Brothers and Sisters down for the cause? there is not much Brotherhood in calling a guy a loser ass.  thats not really Brotherly my friend. if we all think like that we will never change this country for the better. are you a traitor.

Sid Varkas
Sid Varkas

Are you bias against the mentally challenged? the 4 year old mentality comment got my attention.

FTW
FTW

 QUIT BEING A PUSSY AND BE A REAL MAN AND CALL 510-382-0404

FTW
FTW

 So shall we start calling yo shit pants?

Psychedelic Mind
Psychedelic Mind

To many LSD trips. OWSLEYS ORANGE SUNSHINE BATCH 1967 TO 1974 over 400 trips on his acid. thats what did it. and a few Dead shows at winterland years ago and hanging out with ken kesey and the merry pranksters in la honda 1965. thats my excuse for my brain damage.

Margie
Margie

 im not a dude im a female call me at 510-382-0404

Guest
Guest

 if your that lazy then call me  at 510-382-0404 we will never take over and change things if they are all as lazy as you. now pick up the phone and dial me up.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Oh look, it's the old "I am rubber you are glue" defense. What are you, 4 years old mentally?

FTW
FTW

 your wasting your time on here so why not waste it in Oakland with your people!

FTW
FTW

the protesters are in Oakland so why not you? your a poser thats why.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

You really think I'm going to waste my time going to Oakland to meet your loser ass?  Think again, wise guy.

Guest
Guest

 If you meet in person you wont be strangers anymore. are you a snob or what? I thought we were all brothers and sisters?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Whatever you say, Internet Tough Guy.  Everyone is super impressed by your little threats.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 that's cause your a fake and a scared lil boy. you copped out and lost face. I knew you were all fluff and bluff.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Yeah, I'm soooo impressed.  And scared.  I'm literally shitting my pants dude.

FLASH HAMCO
FLASH HAMCO

 Knock on the door and if no one answers or walk across the street to Oakland custom bikes and ask for me FLASH GROW. HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND.

Margie
Margie

 IM  a sexy female slut broad with a strap on cock baby.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I don't need to go there to watch some poser make a fool of himself trying to scare random strangers from the internet.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Sorry dude, I'm not interested in having sex with you.

SIR COCK
SIR COCK

 MR Homosexual strikes again.

Lost Cause
Lost Cause

 its a real address stop by and see if its all hype.

HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND
HELLS ANGELS MC OAKLAND

 You big mouth need to stop by the address I left above. you got a big mouth. stop by and run your big mouth in front of me or my HAMC BROTHERS!

Guest
Guest

it was all done back in the 1960s. where were you then? this is nothing new rookie.

Blaker
Blaker

Your out of your mind to think this is good. Shutting down business and forcing people to loose thier jobs is stupid. If they shut the port long enough the vessels will go somewhere else and the whole are will become depressed.

You have no idea what your talking about

Guest
Guest

Who is being forced to lose their jobs?

Frankrhone
Frankrhone

Agreed. These clowns just want drama and anarchy.

Guest
Guest

 the anarchy part is all bullshit. there is no such thing as true anarchy by humans. it cant be done.

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